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Celsius Network to Manage Funds for United Nations Initiative

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The Celsius Network has become a founding member of the SDG Impact Fund within the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals initiative.

Decentralized lending and borrowing platform Celsius Network will manage the Sustainable Development Goals Impact Fund (SDG Impact Fund) within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals initiative, according to a press release published September 21.

The Sustainable Development Goals is an international program focused on bringing a “better and more sustainable future for all.It addresses global challenges such as poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, prosperity, and peace and justice. The initiative aims to achieve a series of targets by 2030.

Per the announcement, the SDG Impact Fund will be launched by financial services firm Fifth Element with the aim to raise several hundred million dollars and deploy them in both fiat and digital format using a public blockchain. The fund will purportedly be the first to accept and operate all forms of crypto and digital assets in compliance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Within the partnership with Fifth Element, Celsius Network is reportedly looking to “bring power back to the peopleby providing banking services typically reserved for top tier asset owners. Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky said thatby offering earned interest rates up to 7.1 percent, we allow individuals to make the same passive income Wall Street has been making for years.Scott Stornetta, adviser to Celsius, commented:

“We see a great opportunity to use this technology to deliver the value collected by different U.N. organizations in a more precise and effective way to the people and organizations that need it most.

In February the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) embraced cryptocurrency by starting a charity drive for Syrian children, asking PC gamers to use their computers to mine Ethereum (ETH) and donate their earnings. Later in April, UNICEF Australia also announced an initiative that allows users to give their computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency for charity.

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European Central Bank: ‘No Plans’ for Digital Currency, Cash Demand Growing
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European Central Bank: ‘No Plans’ for Digital Currency, Cash Demand Growing

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The European Central Bank is not planning on issuing its own digital currency under current conditions, President Mario Draghi has confirmed.

The European Central Bank (ECB) has “no plansto issue its own digital currency, President Mario Draghi told the European Parliament Wednesday, September 12.

Addressing a query by MEP Jonás Fernández, Draghi said “substantial developmentwas still needed in the underlying technology behind cryptocurrencies before the Central Bank would consider using them.

“The ECB and the Eurosystem currently have no plans to issue a central bank digital currency,” he summarized:

“Nonetheless, we are carefully analysing the potential consequences of issuing such a currency as a complement to cash.

Explaining why no plans were afoot at the ECB, Draghi drew attention to those same factors.

The technologies which could potentially be used to issue a central bank digital currency […] have not yet been thoroughly tested and require substantial further development before they could be used in a central bank context,” he told Fernández, adding:

“With regard to the central bank administering individual accounts for households and companies, this would imply that the central bank would enter into competition for retail deposits with the banking sector and lead to potentially substantial operational costs and risks.

He added there was at present “no concrete needto issue an additional currency within the eurozone, saying demand for cash banknotes “continues to growin the EU28.

Draghi continues the wary stance the 28-member bloc has traditionally held on bank-issued cryptocurrency, in contrast to moves by countries such as Russia and China.

Earlier this year, a joint report from the ECB and Bank for International Settlements (BIS) highlighted “side effectsof a potential launch of such a currency, also considering the need for more research beforehand.

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